Top Mexican intelligence cop tipped off drug cartels for cash

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“It detracts from the working relationship we have worked so hard to build” Vigil said.

In this June 26, 2009 file photo, seized weapons from alleged members of the Beltran Leyva drug cartel are taken away by federal agents after a press conference in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini, File)

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The revelations about two such-high-ranking officers could fuel continuing tensions between Mexico and the United States.

What Mexican police commissioner Manelich Castilla did not reveal was that Ivan Reyes Arzate, the officer charged, was the commander of the federal police agency’s sensitive investigative unit.

prosecutors said in documents made public Wednesday that the commander of the Mexican police’s intelligence-sharing unit was passing information to the Beltran Leyva drug cartel in exchange for cash. MEXICO CITY — In a major embarrassment for Mexican law enforcement, U.S.
from January 2013 to last month, while he was chief law enforcement officer in the Pacific coast state of Nayarit. border. Edgar Veytia was charged in the United States with conspiracy to smuggle cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine to the U.S. The indictment comes about a week after the attorney general for the Mexican state of Nayarit was arrested at the U.S.

But Mike Vigil, a former chief of international operations for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, said there had been a problem with the special units since they were created: the top commanders refused to be vetted or submit to background checks, even though low-level agents were vetted.

The U.S. indictment unsealed Wednesday in Chicago says Reyes Arzate was the top commander of the unit, whose officers were specially trained and vetted by the United States.

Ivan Reyes Arzate was named in a U.S. district court indictment, just hours after Mexico’s federal police revealed an unnamed agent had been charged with obstructing an investigation.

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